Lecture Series Index

October 24th, 2002

Q & A Index

Topics Covered

Code Changes
Magic Sink Bug?
Affects & Regen Over Renting?
Do All Immorts Fly?
Player Run Shops?
Tinyplot Write Up?
Klein Bonus & Hometown Discussion
What Affects Damage Done?
Other Perks to Arabian Hometown?
Immorts can have Mortals?
Studying Spellbooks?

Additional Topics Answered

General Suggestions/Questions

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Code Changes

Craven says, 'I'm sorry but that change for the week insults my intellegence :P'

Craven says, 'they removed a blank line'

LadyAce says, 'the other stuff was internals'

Craven says, 'its like he only wrote that just so he wouldn't have to write "didn't change anything"'

Kaige says, 'there were also a slew of fixes to scripts and permissions and stuff that isn't code based, but were also necessary.'

Habeeb says to Kaige, 'fix blinding flash and sink'

LadyAce says, 'fixes to some services we provide, like unpurging and stuff'

Kaige says, 'and I don't particularly base my worth in coding on your comments, so that's fine by me if you don't like it.'

Kaige says to Craven, 'no one forces you to telnet here.'

Craven says, 'never said they did :)'

Craven pets Kaige lovingly.

Craven says, 'didn't know you employed the, "if you don't like it, leave" strategy'

Craven says, 'I'm slightly disappointed, but everyone has flaws'

Kaige says, 'never claimed not to.. but I usually phrase it in the "if you hate it so much why do you keep frustrating yourself" mode'

Craven says, 'I keep hoping the code will change, ever?'

Craven says, 'so I keep coming back, hoping'

Craven shrugs helplessly.

Kaige says, 'win the lotto several times, and pay us.'

Huginn says, 'hoping what?'

Kaige shrugs philosophically.

Craven says to Huginn, 'you'll do something :P'

Craven pokes Huginn in the ribs.

Kaige says, 'we'd definitely have coders with more experience and time to be able to change the code in ways that maybe even you would appreciate'

Craven says to Huginn, 'where have you been anyway'

Huginn does very little

Craven says to Huginn, 'haven't seen you in awhile'

Huginn says to Craven, 'working'

Craven says to Kaige, 'do you honestly expect me to appreciate 6 months of invisible code?'

Craven says to Kaige, 'I'm sure its all very nice for the builders'

Craven says, 'but you can't expect me to be dazzled by it'

Craven says, 'and 6 months is a very, very low estimate'

Kaige says to Craven, 'I could expect you maybe to not be so harping on it and driving people nuts and not even wanting to do anything for knowing they'll have to listen to you bitch about all they do have time to do'

Craven says, 'I'm not asking for the world, I would just like to see one COOL change a week, or, if thats too hard, even once a month!'

Kaige says, 'like I said... win the lotto and pay us...'

Zirion says, 'I don't like so many changes... it messes with my head'

Craven snickers softly.

Craven says to Kaige, 'sides, I haven't been here in like 3 weeks, you needed a reminder'

Kaige says to Craven, 'no I didn't.'

Craven laughs.

Craven says, 'well, maybe this new guy will make a difference. We'll see.'

Kaige says to Craven, 'I'm serious.'

Craven says to Kaige, 'about?'

Kaige says to Craven, 'about not needing to be reminded like this'


Magic Sink Bug?

Habeeb says, 'like, nomind druids/2c mages keep busting my sink with it'

Habeeb says, 'i've had like 40 or 50 tries in the last week, with 4 whole saves'

Habeeb says to LadyAce, 'fix sink, and blinding flash'

LadyAce isn't a coder....

Habeeb says, 'okay, why does blinding flash ALWAYS bust my sink?'

Habeeb says, 'a 40mind druid can break 4/5 or 5/5 of my sinks 95% of the time'

Zirion says, 'always?'

Kaige says to Habeeb, 'offhand.. I don't know, but I'm willing to look into it.'

LadyAce says, 'maybe it's your sink :)'

Habeeb says, 'its 100mind'

Kaige says, 'what level did you first learn it?'

Habeeb says to Kaige, 'uuuhhh, not a damn clue =P'

Kaige nods solemnly.

Craven says, 'that was changed anyway, as huginn constantly reminds me'

Habeeb says, 'besides i thought sink was suppose to be mind based'

Craven says, 'level doesn't mean much anymore'

Kaige says, 'well, not having all the code memorized, It was the first thing that came to mind after mind.'

Habeeb says, 'and also, if someone blinding flashes me, shouldn't they be in combat right after the spell, and not have to wait until the round starts?'

Craven says, 'it makes a difference...but nothing like it used to. At least thats what he says'

Craven shrugs helplessly.

LadyAce says to Habeeb, 'is it just blinding flash, or is that just what you notice because it's what you interact with most?'

Kaige says to Habeeb, 'I'd think that would be when the round starts'

Habeeb says to LadyAce, 'i keep getting my butt kicked by 40mind druids because they can blind my entire army'

Habeeb says to LadyAce, 'not some of the time, not with luck, but all the time'

LadyAce says, 'have you tried your sink versus other spells, though?'

Habeeb nods solemnly.

Habeeb says, 'eats recalls and every other combat spell fine'

LadyAce nods solemnly.

Habeeb says to Kaige, 'it should be just like say immolate'

LadyAce says, 'could be something wonky with blinding flash, sure'

Huginn shakes his head.

Huginn says, 'its not'

Habeeb says, 'maybe its me'

Habeeb says, 'god knows i've been buggy lately'

Habeeb says, 'like ann death is on, but no infos...'

Huginn says, 'spell combat depends on when you learn the attack spell ... as well as sink str'

Huginn shrugs helplessly.

Huginn says, 'and possibly just bad luck'

Habeeb says to Huginn, 'too many times in a row for it to be bad luck'

LadyAce says, 'the druids with blinding flash -- they using chanted spells or an item?'

Huginn says to Habeeb, 'well chalk it up to the other then'

Habeeb says to LadyAce, 'spell'

Barabas says, 'what are we talking about?'

Habeeb says to Barabas, 'BS blinding flash'

Barabas says, 'ah'

Habeeb says to LadyAce, 'they have problems hitting me with anyother spell, BUT that one'

LadyAce nods solemnly.

Sandra says, 'does it blind you too, or just your charmies?'

Habeeb says, 'bout 50/50 on me'

LadyAce says, 'it's worth reporting as something that should be looked into. Players are notorious for finding the flaws and fissures of code and exploiting them in pk :)'

Habeeb says, 'and like 90-90% on charmies'

Huginn says, 'now that's interesting'

Habeeb says, 'gah 90-95%'

Huginn says, 'ah true'

Habeeb looks up into the sky and ponders.

Habeeb says, 'come to think of it, if any of my charmies makes it, its usually my doppel'

LadyAce says, 'report it, we'll take a look'

LadyAce smiles at Habeeb.

Kaige says, 'do you sink your charmies too?'

Habeeb nods his agreement with Kaige.

Habeeb says to Kaige, 'i'm dumb, not stupid =P'

Kaige nods solemnly.

Kaige says, 'was asking because it might make a difference and save a coder some investigating later. =-)'

Habeeb snickers softly.


Affects & Regen Over Renting?

Menion says, 'ok mine is more of an opinion then question'

Menion says, 'like when you rent shouldn't you regain health because you're like sleeping right?'

Huginn says, 'no'

Huginn says, 'at least not yet'

Kaige says, 'we'd have to make ALL affects save over rent to even think about doing that.'

Menion nods solemnly.

Kaige says, 'and we're not quite to that point yet.'

Kaige says, 'can't have only the good with none of the bad.'


Do All Immorts Fly?

Menion says, 'when you become imm do you have fly? :)'

Menion says, 'because you guys are flying :)'

Huginn nods solemnly.

LadyAce says, 'there's a command.'

LadyAce says, 'it keeps us from drowning :P'

Kaige says, 'it's a command and makes having to remember to have a boat to go anywhere much less of a pain'

Kaige giggles.

Kaige nods her agreement with LadyAce.

Kaige says, 'that too'

LadyAce chuckles politely.

Menion says, 'sweet'

LadyAce giggles.


Player Run Shops?

Lorenzo says, 'I was talking to someone today about some things, and we drifted around to the topic of player-run stores. I thought I'd seen that this was a sort-of-to-do item, but wasn't sure.'

Kaige says, 'it's on the list... but requires player pets and hirelings first.'

Lorenzo says, 'ah, trees'

Kaige says, 'not exactly, since pets/hirelings aren't technically part of trees'

Kaige says, 'more like Rufus got sucked into the blackhole of his real life job'

Lorenzo says, 'oh, ok. thought it sounded like a skill :)'

Kaige shakes her head.

Kaige says, 'it's an extension of ownership/housing'

Lorenzo says, 'so it's actually assigned to someone and fleshed out as an idea?'

Lorenzo nods his agreement with Kaige.

Sandra says, 'I think it's more of a 'hey this'd be cool, lets do it sometime''

Kaige says, 'well yeah and no. you've noticed he's inactive, right?'

Sandra giggles.

Lorenzo says, 'yeah, we were booting around ideas of how it might relate to housing... and how to avoid all the obvious cheating/loophole opportunities'

Kaige says to Sandra, 'a 'Hey! This would be AWESOME! Let's Hope Ruf gets the urge to tackle the challenge!''

Lorenzo says, 'well, no, actually -- I never see rufus'

Lorenzo chuckles politely.

Sandra giggles.

Kaige giggles at Lorenzo.

Kaige says, 'well, but his name is down with the inactives on the wizlist'

Lorenzo says, 'I think I did once or twice, actually... but we just never were on the same time bands :)'

Lorenzo says, 'despite being in the same time zone'

Lorenzo shrugs helplessly.

Lorenzo smiles happily.

Kaige says, 'definitely not something I can pick up and run with.. much as I want it.'

Lorenzo says, 'ok, just curious wha the status of the idea was'


Tinyplot Write Up?

Drusilla says, 'what happened with the tinyplot cos i missed it curse my timezone'

Drusilla says, 'and i wanna know if theres a rundown someplace..'

Spike didn't see it happen at all.

LadyAce says, 'I'm going to work on a writeup of it for the LT tomorrow afternoon.'

LadyAce says, 'so you can read all about it there :)'

Drusilla says, 'cool cool, that was mostly just a 'im wondering''


Klein Bonus & Hometown Discussion

Drusilla says, 'OK.. the klein bonus.. everyone knows that strength fighters whine a lot about their skills sucking and such.. and basically I wanna adress a way to combat it without changing much'

Drusilla says, 'what IS the klein bonus, does it exist, cos it sure as hell doesnt seem too and would you be open to changing it?'

Lorenzo flexes his Kleinicheness, bonus bulging mightily.

Drusilla says, 'what we propose.. we being the fighter guild types.. is this.. people from klein can either learn a skill higher than expert, OR get a natural damage enhancement on our weapons based on their weight'

LadyAce says, 'it's an increase to the hrm, power of certain fight skills'

Drusilla says, 'is it? cos i fail as many bashes as my other chars with bash with the same stats, my kicks arent any harder, my headbutts suck.. etc etc etc'

Drusilla says, 'as we all say often'

Retribution nods his agreement with Drusilla.

Drusilla says, 'whereas having a Master Weapons skill would add more attacks making Kleiners better as fighters, using 90's in stats..'

Drusilla says, 'OR just give them a natural dam roll bonus'

Drusilla says, 'thats not included in the current 50..'

Drusilla says, 'thats just our big idea for the week that doesnt fit on the 4 lines idea allows'

Drusilla chuckles politely.

LadyAce giggles.

Retribution throws his head back and cackles gleefully!

Lorenzo chuckles politely at Drusilla's feeble witticism.

Drusilla says, 'i dunno.. the 'klein bonus' just isnt visible enough'

Drusilla says, 'maybe it should show up in stat'

Retribution says to Drusilla, 'now watch our hard thought idea get shot down'

Drusilla says, 'like Kick Bonus 20% or something'

Drusilla says, 'not that its anywhere near that much probably'

LadyAce says, 'it's not that huge, really.'

Drusilla ducks to the ground.

Drusilla says, 'exactly so WHY come from klein?'

Lorenzo says, 'extra attack?'

Lorenzo says, 'Lorenzo sends a pirate captain sprawling with his mighty Klein Bonus!'

LadyAce says, 'it's not intended to be a vast difference, it's supposed to be small but noticeable'

Spike snickers at Lorenzo nastily.

Lorenzo says, 'make sure people know I have it'

Drusilla says, 'you can learn all the same stuff from Tara AND augment..'

Rimenshi says, 'I dont understand that. Agrabah gets a whole circle of spells'

Spike flexes his bulging, impressive muscles.

Drusilla says, 'so why come from Klein for this tiny bonus that none of us ever seem to see'

Kaige says, 'yeah I've always said Tara gets to put its fingers in too many pies'

Drusilla says, 'come from London get all the same stuff less the magic but add expert parry which DOES make a fighter kickass'

LadyAce says, 'it's not as strong of a set of advantages, I agree.'

Spike goes EEK! at Kaige in distress - isn't Kaige an awful person for teasing?

Retribution says, 'It does seem to be less and less worth being a heavy weapon wielding fighter at the best of times'

Spike says to Kaige, 'don't take it away, just add a lil more to the klien bonus'

Spike nods to himself.

Drusilla says, 'my London tank is WAY more kickass than a Klein tank is.. and that shouldnt be like that'

Retribution says, 'Im all for a damage % bonus based on wepaon weight'

Drusilla says, 'limit klein to 1c spells like Lima and give them something GOOD i say! yay fighters yadda yadda!'

Drusilla is done and wants imm feedback.

Spike says to Retribution, 'then the weapons would be 2k more in rent'

Retribution says to Spike, 'that would only benefit klieners'

Drusilla says to Spike, 'why? its a natural hometown bonus over a weapon bonus we mean'

Drusilla says, 'add a thing to Klein so in stat ya get a nice little Damage Bonus 10% or something'

Spike says, 'right! i knew that!'

Retribution says to Spike, 'so a kliener using an SSS will hit harder than a taran using an SSS'

Lorenzo says, 'maybe a whois'

Drusilla nods her agreement with Retribution.

Drusilla says, 'amen brother..'

Spike joins Drusilla's group.

Wixen says, 'Whheee i'm gonna make a klien bow sniper agian then *wink*'

Spike snickers at Wixen nastily.

Drusilla says, 'thats the thing if the percentage bonus were based on weapon weight it would mean a BIG fighter will get more of a bonus'

Wixen says, '2nd C mages from klien with add'd weapon bouns would totaly be sweet'

Retribution says to Wixen, 'but with a light dagger your bonus would be next to nothing, and even with a heavy dagger it wouldnt be flash'

Drusilla says, 'so ya wouldnt get damcappin snipers'

Spike thinks the imms fell over and died.

Drusilla says, 'but ya WOULD get more damcappin str people... which they should be'

Drusilla hugs a WaVe oF MuTiLaTioN.

Retribution nods his agreement with Drusilla.

LadyAce says, 'the reason I don't have a lot to say is that this is one of those big balance issues where we have a grand scheme that's supposed to address it, and our history has been to avoid short-term solutions for this...'

Silence lies down in a squeaky swivel chair.

Drusilla says, 'ahhhh change is scary yes?'

Drusilla smirks.

Silence nods his agreement with Lorenzo.

Drusilla says, 'but thats why we decided weapon weight to the bonus would make balance not such a big thing'

Spike says, 'wouldn't that help in the grand scheme of things though?'

Kaige says, 'which was in itself a short term solution to benefit the hometown until the longer term one could be done'

Drusilla says, 'maybe change the bonus a few times during the year as a test period'

Retribution says, 'its no short term solution, its sensible and would make klieners useful again'

LadyAce says, 'nah, it's nothing to do with fear or change. Just that we have a grand intention and are reluctant to take on more and more things that divert from the grand.'

LadyAce says, 'I know that's our pattern of behavior, and it'd take more than Klein imbalance to change it :)'

Kaige says, 'it also leaves lima even further in the dust'

Lorenzo says to Retribution, 'hey, wait a minute, are you saying i'm not useful?'

Drusilla says, 'yeah well Lima DOES suck'

Drusilla says, 'completely..'

Lorenzo sulks because Retribution has hurt his feelings.

LadyAce says, 'it seems like we'd be more likely to nerf another hometown at the same time we boosted klein :P'

Retribution winks suggestively at Lorenzo.

Spike says, 'yeah i ditched my lima char long time ago :p'

Drusilla says, 'Rip Lima as a hometown no one cares anyway'

Drusilla says, 'theres prolly like 5 limans in the universe anyway'

Spanish-Flea says, 'lima has some nice uses as a hometown'

Spike snickers softly.

Retribution rolls around on the ground with laughter.

Drusilla says, 'and 3 of those were as jokes'

Kaige nods her agreement with Spanish-Flea.

Silence says, 'I like their skill combination but the fact that they have no expertese makes them suck'

Retribution says, 'what like 5hp operates?'

Kaige says, 'not if you want to be a jack of all trades'

Drusilla says, 'if they had 2c spells they would be FAR better'

Drusilla says, '1c is just pointless, its not even hedgemagic'

Spike says, 'give em 2c spells'

Spanish-Flea says, 'they can brew, use guns, be surgies, and there's nothing to stop them from going con they'd be really good all around support class chars'

Drusilla says, 'yay you can cast identify and hide'

Drusilla cheers wildly!

Kaige says, 'well, once upon a time, 1c was supposed to also support cantrips and they never got added.'

Spike snickers at Drusilla nastily.

Rimenshi says, 'seems to me Lima and Klein could stand to have their spell circles swapped'

Spanish-Flea says, 'yeah either buff 1c to include more than hide and identify, i can learn 2 both those skills with 2 practices or I can waste like 5 getting chant, vid, kere/vina, and those two'

Drusilla nods her agreement with Rimenshi.

Drusilla says to Rimenshi, 'TOTALLY'

Silence says, 'NO'

Silence says, 'klein sucks as it is'

Spike nods his agreement with Spanish-Flea.

Retribution says, 'big fighter types like klieners shouldnt be casting spells anyway'

Spike says, 'sure they should!'

Spike snickers softly.

Silence says, 'what if you want a simple hitter/mage blend'

Drusilla says, 'if klein and lima traded spell circles lima would become WAY more useful and klein would have room for improvement'

Spanish-Flea says, 'well then you need to buff 1c, and make another 2c hometown for non-druids'

Silence says, 'none of that augment stuff'

Spanish-Flea nods his agreement with Silence.

Rimenshi shrugs helplessly.

Rimenshi says, 'I dont get why its just ok to have everyone be a partial mage'

Spike says to Retribution, 'make a 2c causie from klein and then have fun :p'

Spanish-Flea says, 'you don't'

Kaige says, 'yeah.. it's just lima wasn't very known for spell casters either... much more stories about witches in the fairy tales in Germany than Peru.'

Rimenshi nods solemnly.

Kaige point to the tagline "History as it was thought to have been."

LadyAce says, 'let's get the questions that're coming up here, and go back to this if people have fresh angles.'

Silence says, 'what about... famous thieves in Peru...'

Spanish-Flea says to Silence, 'malleus malleficarum :)'

LadyAce points at Silence.

Drusilla says, 'germany was more about superstition than fact anyway though'

Retribution says to Spike, 'I got a 2c cause but why not make him from tara and you can at least augment if you wanna'

Spike says, 'it'd add to lima's popularity'

Spanish-Flea says, 'well agrabah is a theiev-y place'

Silence is spammed out.

Spike says to Retribution, 'what if you don't want that :p'

Drusilla giggles.

Drusilla tips her hat gallantly.

Retribution says to Spike, 'why would you not want it as an option?'


What Affects Damage Done?

Silence says, 'I am wondering if there are more things to do with how hard you hit than just hit roll dam roll and hit table'

Silence says, 'because with this character I have goot hit rating good dam rating and the mobs I attack are low level and yet I can't decimate'

Silence says, 'I have a good weapon too'

Silence says, 'so are there other things that affect damage done'

LadyAce says, 'could be weapon, your stats, the mob's stats....'

LadyAce says, 'alignment of the stars...'

Kaige says, 'AC, weapon'

Silence says, 'I have one of the best weapons'

Silence says, 'unless it was wrecked during stringing'

Silence says, 'is that possible?'

Spike says, 'suuuuuuuuuure blame the imms'

Silence says, 'the imm said sometimes they have problems with mundane and stringing'

Kaige says, 'yours looks fine'

Kaige says, 'nothing unusual about it'

Silence goes EEK! in distress.

Silence says, 'Then it must mean I suck.'

Spanish-Flea nods his agreement with Silence.

Spanish-Flea chuckles politely.

Silence says, 'I really hit below par'

Lorenzo says, 'I like the alignment of the stars explanation'

Silence says, 'like extremely hard...'

Spike nods his agreement with Lorenzo.

Kaige says, 'it may not be the best weapon for you... that's always something I think you have to decide for yourself'

Kaige shrugs philosophically.

Silence says, 'you mean if its a dex weapon and I have expert fencing it might not be for me?'

LadyAce says, 'some weapons are better at some things than others....'

Silence says, 'but I compared with other people with this weapon'

Kaige says, 'I mean, don't just take someoen's word that somethign is the best weapon for you.'

LadyAce says, 'some are better for consistency, some are better for getting lots of damage at once, even tho you might not do that well in the round after.'

Kaige nods her agreement with LadyAce.

Spike throws his arms around a sharp shark jawbone and hugs it enthusiastically.

LadyAce says, 'with a weapon that does big damage in one round, you could do none the next, and end up fighting for longer than if you plug away'

LadyAce says, 'tortoise, hare.'

Retribution says, '*poke SSS*'

Silence says, 'Oh I prefer this weapon for my reasons'

Lorenzo says to Silence, 'coupon'

Silence says, 'but the damage that I get does not reflect my stats'

LadyAce says, 'they all have different advantages and disadvantages, depending on your style and preference, your idea of fun, blah blah blah.'

Retribution says, 'the fighters bane of damcap, then barely slash'

LadyAce says, 'why so concerned about not getting a decimate?'

Spike nods his agreement with Retribution.

LadyAce says, 'would you rather hit for 20,20,20, or 0,45,0?'

Silence says, 'well because Like i said I have high damage and hit rating and I'd like to hit hard enough'

LadyAce says, 'compare the weapons in other ways than getting a decimate. What about how many rounds it takes to kill a mob?'

Silence says, 'Let me put it this way'

Retribution says, 'hell I have 0hit 0dam adn I descimate occasionally, and devastate, but I know my weapon, its an exptension of myself'

Silence says, 'other characters with this weapon...'

Retribution hugs Kitty.

Silence says, 'decimate regularly with 4 dam rating'

Lorenzo says to Silence, 'it'll interact with your stats, too'

Silence says, 'I have 24'

Silence says, 'and I can't decimate'

Lorenzo says, 'so you can't straight-compare yourself to others with the same weapon'

LadyAce says, 'if you don't like the results you're getting with your weapon, you might well want to change weapons'

Retribution says, 'look at the weapons weight, maxdam and more importantly average dam'

Silence says, 'I'll check it out'

Lorenzo says, 'when I'm evaluating a weapon, I always kill the same mob lots of times, average out how many rounds it takes me with and without skills, and how much damage is done to me meanwhile'

Silence says, 'its just this is unnatural'

Lorenzo says, 'the decimates and obliterats and rips don't matter much to me, not a good measure'

Retribution says, 'spite has strived to get a good average damage not so much high end, or lowend, and itseems to work out better for him'


Other Perks to Arabian Hometown?

Silence says, 'Oh also about agrabah as a home town'

Silence says, 'are there any other percs besides 3rd circle mages?'

Retribution says, 'what do you mean besides????'

Retribution says, '3c is a huge benefit'

Silence says, 'Well mages are so boring'

Spanish-Flea says, 'a good mage learns nada till lvl 27 for cast level'

Spanish-Flea says, 'guess how fun that is! :)'

Silence says, 'I was thinking of making a pure agrabah thief'

Retribution says to Silence, 'well anythings boring when all you do is kill boston or klien'

Sandra says, 'nah that's just a dumb mage'

Kaige says to Spanish-Flea, 'know it well'

Spike goes EEK! at Sandra in distress - isn't Sandra an awful person for teasing?

Lorenzo resists the urge to send somebody a box of chocolates saying "cool off, it was nothing".

Retribution says, 'I love lowbie leveling a mage, I get to actually think about it, instead of level mindlessly'

Silence says to Sandra, 'So is there an advantage in making a thief from Agrabah because arabian nights were famous for their thiefs and bandits'

Sandra says, 'it's fun?'

Kaige says, 'you fit in?'

Kaige giggles.

Spike snickers softly.

Silence rolls his eyes heavenward.

LadyAce says, 'cast level isn't worth sacrificing your fun over.'

LadyAce shrugs helplessly.

Spanish-Flea says, 'actually, a mage needs to cast level and guess what, since you imms ahve a nice little 'we no tell formulas or game info' block going, it makes us rely on a few things for cast level info'

Kaige says, 'you can use magic as well?'

Sandra nods her agreement with LadyAce.

Silence says, 'So is ther answer no?'

Kaige says, 'yeah. ther'es no code advantages for thieves from arabia.'

LadyAce says, 'maybe a spell or two where you'll find it makes a difference, if you're the sort to obsess over 1% advantages...'

Silence says, 'which is too bad'

Retribution nods his agreement with LadyAce.

Spike says, 'mage's are a royal pain in my butt, i don't get along well with them'

Sandra says to Spanish-Flea, 'I've been saying for a long time that it's dumb to not get skills. One level is not going to hurt things'

Kaige says, 'other than you get to be a full 3c mage as well if you want to spend your pracs that way'

Spike says to Sandra, 'you lie!'

Maleficia has backstab and kick and is a 3c mage.

Silence says to Kaige, 'How interesting... there goes your "historical" theme'

LadyAce giggles at Spike.

Maleficia says, 'cast levels be damned!'

Retribution says, 'I always get a fight skill or 2 early on with my mages, why I headbutted my way from like 6th to 50th'

Spike says to Sandra, 'one level hurts EVERYTHING!'

Sandra ruffles Spike's hair playfully.

Kaige says, 'nope. thieves are pretty common everywhere'

Sandra nods her agreement with Retribution.

LadyAce says, 'what, being born in a sandy place makes you a better stealer?'

LadyAce chuckles politely at Silence's feeble witticism.

Silence says to LadyAce, 'Hey, like you said, it was more known for it'

Spanish-Flea says, 'i learned 3 skills and get all words at lvl 30, cast level has an effect on some spells, but to pk those few spells WILL mean your life or death'

Huginn says, 'better story tellers?'

Spanish-Flea pets Huginn lovingly.

LadyAce says, 'I don't think I said anything about Agrabah being better known for thieves.'

Huginn nods his agreement with Sandra.

Sandra says, 'you're talking to a pkiller that's used mages for 8 years =P'

LadyAce says, 'there's a pretty strong tradition of highwaymen and outlaws in England, too.'

Retribution says, '2 3c con causes, a con create, and a 3c dex create in the making :)'

Silence says to LadyAce, 'but there' no hometown there so why bring it up'

LadyAce says to Silence, 'London ...'

Silence says to LadyAce, 'well those are not known for their thieves, victorian london?'

LadyAce says to Silence, 'bobbies were invented in what, the 1800s? And their first bit of specialized armor was a leather collar, so that nasty alley thieving folk wouldn't garrot them'

LadyAce says, 'you might even argue that Londoners invented the policeman, as a separate entity from a soldier. That sounds like thieves were afoot for sure :P'

Silence says to LadyAce, 'ok'

Silence says, 'But when making a character you can read the hometown descriptions'

Silence says to LadyAce, 'Agrabah says place of famous thieves'

Retribution says, 'a couple of legends doesnt make the whole place master thieves'

Lorenzo says to Silence, 'which is different from place known especially, more than other places, for thieves'


Immorts can have Mortals?

Spanish-Flea says, 'this is ridiculous, so imms can't give out game formulas, but they can have chars?'

LadyAce says, 'we don't even know the formulas.'

LadyAce shrugs helplessly.

LadyAce says, 'doesn't do us any good.'

LadyAce says, 'they're huge and complex and buried in code.'

LadyAce says, 'Rufus might know some of 'em.'

Kaige says, 'hell of a lot to memorize, much easier if you try to reverse engineer them like a player... certainly not as "fun" to play either'

LadyAce says, 'but there's no little sheet I can pull out and say hey, I can win every battle if I'm 72 strength and 51 mind and wield a blunt potato peeler'

Sandra says to Spanish-Flea, 'I could care less about formulas. I don't know any of them. And the day I'm told I can't play the game I'm building, is the day i leave'


Studying Spellbooks?

Lorenzo says, 'this is embarrassing, but: Kae posted something about spellbooks. I don't know anything about them -- what they're for, what you do with them, and I don't see anything in help files. Anything you can elaborate on?'

LadyAce says to Lorenzo, 'spellbooks are ways to improve your cast level on a particular spell. they take objects sometimes, as well as the book, to make them work'

Retribution says to Lorenzo, 'dont feel bad, I still have no idea where most of the spellbooks are'

Lorenzo says to Retribution, 'I found my first one today, which bolstered the question'

LadyAce says to Lorenzo, 'they're in for a few selected spells, particularly the ones that we added after people made chars and such'

Lorenzo smiles happily.

Spike says to LadyAce, 'how do you know if you need an item?'

Silence says, 'a certain BIG mob with lots of sons in a certain shadowy land has one.'

LadyAce says, 'the book tells you about it, I think.'

LadyAce says, 'like when you try to use it.'

HerbertWest says, 'STUDY is the command'

LadyAce hasn't used one!

Spike nods his agreement with LadyAce.

Huginn hasn't either.

Lorenzo says, 'hmm, this one isn't useable or readable'

Lorenzo says, 'ah'

LadyAce says, 'well, it's not a spellbook item type if it's not studyable'

Lorenzo nods his agreement with HerbertWest.

HerbertWest says, 'it will then ask for certain items.. probably'

Silence says, 'all of them need items and the items are annoying to get'

HerbertWest says, 'theyre a HUGE pain in the ass to bother with'

HerbertWest says, 'perma and remake!'

HerbertWest ducks to the ground.

Retribution laughs.

Spike whaps HerbertWest across the back of the head - your ears ring in sympathy.

Lorenzo says, 'didn't know study, just tried read, use, and help spellbook :)'

Huginn laughs at HerbertWest.

LadyAce says, 'there's a difference between 'spellbook item type' and 'a spellbook on the shelf''

LadyAce says, 'well, if it identifies as a spellbook, maybe it is :)'

Lorenzo smiles at LadyAce.

LadyAce says, 'id does lie, but it's contradictory'

Retribution says, 'maybe we need spellbooks for every spell, then we could all go level crazy and worry about our words at 50th :P'

Lorenzo says, 'okay, thanks everyone'

Lorenzo nods his agreement with LadyAce.

Spike snickers at Retribution nastily.

Lorenzo says to Retribution, 'people would stop being piddly with cast levels at least'

LadyAce says to Retribution, 'see, but it's a balance -- sacrifice early to maximize later...? how much is enough/too much? where's the line between fun and obsession?'

Retribution nods his agreement with Lorenzo.

Retribution says to LadyAce, 'theres a line???'

HerbertWest says, 'spellbooks are the EXACT opposite of fun'

Lorenzo chuckles politely at HerbertWest's feeble witticism.

Spike says to LadyAce, 'obsession is fun!'

LadyAce says, 'it's a formula you can work out for yourself :) if we made all those choices for you, with no cast levels and spellbooks and etc etc. where'd your fun be?'

LadyAce says, 'more than one way to skin a mage.'

LadyAce shrugs helplessly.

Spike says, 'in getting a char to 50 in two days?'

Spike snickers softly.

Retribution says to LadyAce, 'thats my poin tin my own roundabout way about mages and how much fun they are'

Silence says, 'I think fun doesn't exist with PK'

Silence says, 'PK characters are made through labour'

Lorenzo says to LadyAce, 'though soaking in cold water helps, as with other character types'

Silence says, 'Only fun at lvl 50...'

Spike says, 'if you think chars are no fun til 50 then there's a problem'

Retribution says, 'the choices you make on what words to get and when is a lot better than wondering where next to xp run'

LadyAce says, 'new formula : if thing = not fun then thing = not do. If thing not equal enough fun for trouble, then thing = not do.'

LadyAce says, 'make yourself happy :)'

Spike thinks there should be more RP around!

Silence laughs at Spike.

Retribution says, 'wait till I get purgatori sussed, you'll see some RP :)'

Spike says, 'not this oh i think you insulted me so i'm gonna kill you crap'

LadyAce says, 'playing in ways you don't like is the same as saving pants you wore when you were 14. They don't fit, and it's depressing to try to make yourself someone you're not :P'

Spike nods his agreement with Kaige.

Spike says, 'what i hate is people consider everything spike says as ooc'

Spike's always ic with spike!

Kaige says to Spike, 'how bloody silly of 'em'

Spike says to Kaige, 'soddin' fools!'

Retribution says, 'a demonic goddess that razed the gates of heaven and laid waste to the forces of good, stopping finally after tearing gods heart from his chest'

Retribution nods to himself.

Retribution says, 'I have delusions of grandieur :)'

Kaige says, 'bet he wasn't happy.'

Retribution says, 'I already have yer stringset worked out'

LadyAce says to Spike, 'you should do more overacting. Put apostrophes after every word, emphasize everything, make exaggerated gestures, express confusion at each and every anachronism.'

Retribution says, 'I think I obsess a little'

Silence says to Retribution, 'you're a goddess?'

Silence says to Retribution, 'I thought you're a man'

Spike says, 'he's a cute goddess'

Spike bats his eyelashes at Retribution.

Retribution says to Silence, 'my new alt'

Spike nods his agreement with LadyAce.

Silence nods solemnly.

Silence says, 'I can't RP'

Silence says, 'I can't get into it'

Silence says, 'but I like making strings'


Additional Topics Answered

This section is intended to address some of the things that come up repeatedly and also provide a place where players can submit questions via the feedback channel (Q&A) so questions can be logged when they're thought of and the answers reported back here.

Also, some of the builders will often have some feedback on suggestions and typos that get reported with some of their reasoning for why things are the way they are or won't be incorporated into the areas.


General Suggestions/Questions

o Is there a way to get preserve without going to a player create mage?
Not currently in the game. You will have to find another player for this service.
o Why is a lump of pig iron being sold by the smith in Boston cost 10k? I mean, how is anyone suppose to make a profit off that? What is the point of having it then?
It appears to be a bug at the moment. The pig iron sold there should be the same as pig iron sold elsewhere in the world.
o A gm transfer command
To change the GM of a clan, it was decided that it shouldn't be the choice of a single member, but a collective decision by all members of the clan. To change the GM of a clan, one member needs to get the largest number of members to pledge their loyalty and the change is then automatic. There are also contingencies in the case of ties, the member who joined first will become GM.
o The intricately designed carpet has no material to mend it, and it doesn't give enough info in the look command
The first thing to check is what ITEM type something is. The item must be considered by the game as ARMOR of type CLOTH, LEATHER or FUR in order to have the MEND skill used on it. This is similar to the repair skill where the item must be ARMOR of type METAL or PRECIOUS_METAL, or that item is a WEAPON.

In an upcoming code update, the item type and material type if it is ARMOR will show with the PREVIEW command and the APPRAISE skill.

o Rose Thicket in Malta doesnt spawn roses anymore?
With the ability to reset items seasonally, they may only spawn during a normal growing season. Check TIME when you're looking for things that may be associated with a particular time of year.
o "A couple clouds drift along lazily, pushed softly by a slightly cooling breeze." - I believe should read "A couple of clouds..." =)
Cheyla has gotten this report a number of times, so she went researching and found a number of resources that indicate this is normal, allowable American English, similar to colour/color.

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